An eight-member leadership council, led by former interior minister Rashad al-Alimi, will be tasked with negotiating a permanent ceasefire.
Moscow is looking out for its own interests, using Iran as a bargaining chip. But Iran still foolishly relies on this fickle friendship, observers say.
The China-Russia relationship 'is conducive to world peace, stability and development', said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
The decision comes weeks after Lebanon ordered the expulsion of members of Bahrain's leading opposition party, Al-Wefaq, amid efforts to ease a rift with the Gulf states.
US officials say the Kremlin is planning to stage a supposed attack by Ukrainian forces against Russian sovereign territory or against Russian-speaking people, which would 'justify' an invasion.
In the latest agreement under the US-brokered Gulf normalisation deals, Tel Aviv and Manama signed a defence agreement that covers intelligence, procurement and joint training.
Recipients of Chinese loans and development assistance are finding themselves unable to repay or in unfavourable conditions, sparking unrest and even violence in some countries.
Iran's official slogan is 'Neither East, nor West, only the Islamic Republic'. Yet the Islamic Republic is increasingly beholden to Russia and China.
Thousands of Afghans are stranded at the border with Iran in freezing conditions, with no way to cross into Iran and no money to return home.
A deadline for Iran to respond to demands for reparations and accountability has passed without comment from Tehran, yet the international outrage over the incident is still going strong.